A Dream of Red Mansions(also known as Dream of the Red Chamber) in the six book hardback set from Library of Chinese Classics. This book is in English and simplified Chinese and is a wonderful addition to any library. There are approximately 3080 pages and this set of 6 books was published in 2003. This contains the complete and unabridged Dream of Red Mansions, preserving faithfully both the style and content of the original text.
A Dream of Red Mansions Synopsis
A Dream of Red Mansions is one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature, mainly written by Cao Xueqin. It was composed in the middle of the 18th century. A dream of Red Mansions is a masterpiece of Chinese vernacular literature and is generally acknowledged to be the pinnacle of classical Chinese novels.
A dream of red mansions is believed to be semi-autobiographical, mirroring the fortunes of author Cao Xueqin’s own family. Cao Xueqin wrote that it was intended to be a memorial to the women he knew in his youth: friends, relatives and servants. The novel is remarkable not only for its huge cast of characters and psychological scope, but also for its precise and detailed observation of the life and social structures typical of 18th-century Chinese aristocracy. It’s a great way to explore in a more accessible manner, something which is already no longer. The titular “red mansions” is an idiom for the sheltered chambers where the daughters of wealthy families lived.